Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Winter at home: the dining room

Coming off a most glorious long weekend of weather here in the Niagara Region and I was even home for a few hours during the sunshine. I did a little plant maintenance that I have been neglecting, took Emma and Franklin for a walk and snapped some photos of the main floor of our house. I upgraded my camera recently to a new model of what I was using and I am still getting used to the differences. They aren't big differences but enough that when I go to edit photos afterwards I can see things that I need to work on still.

For those that are curious I went from a Sony NEX-5R to the Sony a6000. Both are mirrorless cameras which means they have generally the same capabilities as a DSLR but are half the size which means I can tote my camera around with me a lot easier. I am quite loving the new camera especially the inclusion of an actual viewfinder on the back instead of just the little screen which helps so much in daylight.

Enough blabbering about my camera and onto the pretty stuff. Christmas seems so long ago now and when we took everything down I was going into a zen less is more thing, and started with the dining room. I know the minimalists are laughing because there isn't really a lot less but it felt airier to me at the time. I dragged out a buddha head i had in storage for almost 5 years now and went to town.

the table covering is not a tablecloth but a piece of india batik fabric i have been using in the front hall on our chair. i wanted it to be lighter looking but still a bit global and this fit the bill perfectly. i layered a grain sack on top for interest but also for weight as the fabric really isn't heavy enough to be a tablecloth but too bad, i liked it so it stayed.

after i drapped the print in the front hall with a boxwood garland i loved how it looked so i moved the one in here onto our elephant print and am thoroughly enjoying the almost crown like look on the print.

this photo is one i have never been able to capture before. the wider angle of my lens allows me to share the buffet right up and around to my ironstone collection.
still working on settings but the fact that i can do this now is quite exciting.

on the table i brought out the green capitol that used to be in our living room and put a tall vase in the centre. originally i was going to plant it but added 2 ostrich eggs instead and really love the light almost quirky effect it adds.

the mortar and pestle has made multiple appearances in this room and was found at a flea market in toronto years ago.

i adopted 2 new plant babies in this room. the above agave plant which is sharp as a razor on the ends but looks fantastic and is so easy to care for and the giant calathea below i just added into a lined wicker basket.

Well thanks for dropping by my dining room today.
I have an interesting update on care for air plants tomorrow after trials and tribulations that may help some of you.

The rest of today will be consumed with paperwork and watching you tube videos to help me finish setting up the new online store.

Yep you read that right non-locals. I am getting closer, so much closer but there are a ton of wrinkles to get through first so wish me luck.

As Always,


What I'm listening to:
Man on Fire: Edward Sharpe & the magnetic zeros
Waves: St Paul & the broken bones
Moving on and getting over: John Mayer

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Winter at home: upstairs

Good morning everyone.

It seems that every season that comes along I change my mind about which time of year I like my home the most. In Canada we generally get to experience the 4 seasons in their entirety and although this year has been unseasonably mild for us, it technically is still winter.

Winter decor doesn't necessarily mean piles of pinecones, even though I have done that before in the past as well. 
This year is still all about the plants for me (kinda handy that this years pantone colour is "greenery") and I love styling my home without decor that signifies a holiday or season, even for just a little while. Along with the greenery colour, my long time collection and love of african and global art seems to falling right on trend as well. Woohoo!

I haven't been able to take any photos of the main floor of our home for a few weeks as it may be warmer than normal but with the absence of bright white snow and sunshine it kind of feels like night all the time and we have a lot of darkness happening that makes photography a smidge difficult.

So for today we shall do a leisurely wander around our upstairs hallway and bedroom.

this little succulent tree and it's pot are my newest and favourite addition to my plant family. the pot is one of my favourites that we carry in store.

these little greenhouses and terrariums are just so much fun and so "it" right now according to the decor powers that be but, i just love the weathered wood look and the fact that it keeps the humidity going around my precious little heart fern.

i have had this bronze bust now for almost 11 years and it is one of the very first pieces of african bronze that i bought when i first started my collecting. it has been in so many different places in our home and previous home and i still love the patina and colour of it.

a new addition to this wall. the macrame runner has been hanging for awhile but the stave holder just arrived. they will be coming into the shop once they are finished being made but they are from niagara wine barrels that have been decommissioned and the hook that my air plant is resting on is made from the actual rings of the barrels.
because there is a flat spot and a hook i can see me changing out what sits on the stave a lot but for now i am quite happy to have it hold one of my prized xerographicas

And a small peek into the bedroom for now.

super neutral with a bit of an antler theme. the antler wreath is actually resin but super realistic looking. i like how thin it is on the window.

Have a great day everyone,


What I'm listening to:
Wish I knew you: The Revivalists
Lenny: Stevie Ray Vaughn
Cautionary Tale: Dylan Leblanc

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Oliver and Rust: the winter store 2017

I always look forward to the shop redo every new season. In the case of the space that we are working with it is quite tricky to do sections of the store without the whole thing not being a total disaster. With the influx of new people all the time because of the great world of social media, I always want the store as much as possible to put its best foot forward.
Generally speaking I close the shop an extra day or two so that myself and either Jill or Trevor and sometimes both can work in peace and get everything reworked.
It also doesn't help that the way I see vignettes come together is starting with a blank slate which means I NEED to clear off tables and sections completely and start over so a lot of stuff ends up on the floor before it goes back in place. I am also a bit of a neat freak so the store needs a complete cleaning, every shelf and light fixture every season, no compromise. I hate seeing spiderwebs hanging from untouched spaces and dust crawling all over shelves. I figure if I can see it, so can my customers. 
A little glimpse into the nuts that is me.
You're welcome.

This season worked a bit different however as I needed to start redo-ing the store a week earlier than planned. Christmas was odd this year. Anyone else find that?
People seemed to be in a different state of mind. I don't know if the weird weather is playing a role, our neighbours to the south dismal political situation which inevitably and regrettably reaches here, or just money woes. Either way this year saw a change in attitudes towards the holidays that I will keep in mind for next year and again as a shopkeeper always keep things changing and different. The weeks following Christmas with sale season beginning turned into a hammer of shopping and by New Year's the store looked bare and HORRIBLE. I had decided to close the shop a few extra days to give us a break and especially Jill who had been working non-stop to cover my half ass shifts being in store after having Emma. In those "break" days I decided to redo the store in bits by myself and oddly enough I think it came together better than I imagined.

It was different and fun being there myself [not that I want to do it again, those stairs are a beast by yourself carrying product and talking to yourself gets a little hairy after a few days]

So I guess enough mindless chatter from me this morning and welcome to the shop in its mostly finished winter state. I took these photos a couple weeks ago so lots of stuff has arrived since and a lot again has sold but you get the general idea. Lots of plants, terrariums, a bit more tribal eclectic and tons of vintage feeling.
 The greatest thing about still operating this blog as blog, is it has mainly become a journal for me of my home and my shop to look back on and I'm just glad you guys all still enjoy it as well.

Have a great day,